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Career Opportunities in Performing Arts

What is Performing Arts? A creative form of art which gives an opportunity to artists to use their bodies or voices, sometimesanother object, to convey and express their emotion and artistic thoughts. Different from visual arts where an artist paints or create a physical object, the field of performing arts include music, dance, theatre, and many other performances. Universities and colleges offer degrees focusing on performing arts that are practical and prepare students to enter the competitive world. These degrees are generally practice-based where students are involved in performance from day one while understanding the background of the subject through academics.

Some universities offer an overall degree covering multiple disciplines before giving options to students to pick a specific career while some universities offer exclusive degrees for specific disciplines of performing arts – dance, drama, fine arts, and others. REVA University, Bangalore, for example, offers many standalone innovative courses in dance, music, and performing arts. The University offers certificate and diploma courses in various dance forms including Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Carnatic Music and Vocal, Theatre Arts, Mohiniyattam, Odissi, Hindustani Music and Vocal, Theatre Arts, Fine Arts, BA course in Performing Arts, English, and Psychology, Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam, and PhD program in Performing Arts. Let us discuss some career opportunities in the field of performing arts.

Dancer – Dancers narrate a story, play a character, portray an abstract situation through their body movements, language,and gestures. If you have the confidence to perform on stage and ability to promote your skill, you can succeed as a dancer. Dancers can choose from a wide range of genres including classical, modern, contemporary, street dance, ballet, folk and can also perform on television or movies. Some of them also take up the job role of a choreographer and train people or combine performance with teaching and become dance teachers in universities and dance academies.

Actor – If you are interested in performing on stage and entertaining people, determined to succeed and can handle criticism, a career in acting can offer you endless opportunities. The work of an actor varies from delivering live performances in community theatres, soap operas, television anchors, radio work, advertising, and films.

TheatreDirector–The role of a theatre director requires reputation, experience, and a passion for theatre. Theatre directors have the responsibility to carry out the whole process of the creative interpretation of a script, right from the pre-production stages to the final performance. Some of the theatre directors who are also designers, writers, and performers, take up the work of designing, writing, and performing in their own work.

Musician– Depending on the music you are interested in, you will require talent and dedication for a promising career in music. The role primarily involves creating or performing music in a wide range of genres, including jazz, classical, indie, folk, pop, rock, or Carnatic music. As a singer, you can perform live for concerts, in the studio, or as a playbacksinger in movies. One can also become aninstrumentalist or a musiccomposer. Some work as a freelance artist while some become a part of a choir, band, opera company, theatrical ensemble, or an orchestra.

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